Trauma Resolution

 “Withdraw, protect, resolve”

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is the natural pattern of the body’s response to pain. The human body is  hardwired to resolve dangerous or painful situations primarily by movement. An infant that does not move is classified in a category of failure to thrive. Even as adults, we need to move. Trauma freezes the body until it resolves and cycles through its necessary completion. Seniors lose their mobile functioning and independence when they become afraid to move or/and only move within a narrower range of movement possibilities. Your body is

represented by neural maps that are genetically determined but are modifiable by experience. By balancing the nervous system, through Neurovascular Integration, you feel safe, your tissues circulate, soften and resolve the completion cycle in spontaneous corrective movements.

  1. Parasympathetic Nervous System is the peaceful part of the nervous system. By “re-booting” it, we restore its sense of  balance and safety. There is ease, spaciousness and relaxation.
  2. Sympathetic Nervous System is the stress response regulator. Five ways the body-mind system does it:  fight, flight, freeze, fornicate and forget. Having a chronic back pain or neck pain is very hard on the body. The sympathetic nervous system is always going and the body does not get to rest fully which feeds the cycle of pain even more.
  3. Gastroenteric Nervous System (3rd part to parasympathetic and sympathetic) is the digestive system. 90% of neurotransmitters are made in the gut.

I work in the window of tolerance between hyperarousal and hypoarousal. I use whole selves, not just moving bodies. The work addresses grounding, boundaries, postural shaping, kinesthetic and energetic communication. Because every person is unique, each requires a different approach. I utilize movement, touch, language, feelings and thoughts. I use movement and awareness as means to wake up the brain to new learning. Unlike other animals, the human brain and nervous system are not fully formed at birth. We go through a lifelong period of apprenticeship that influences both the structure and function of the human body. The way humans organize themselves developmentally is multi causal, systemic, contextual and RELATIONAL!

When certain developmental movements are skipped as a child, it shows up in one’s postural stance . Early trauma interferes with development. Current research in the field of neuroscience, developmental psychology and neuropsychology point to the link between developmental motor skills and emotional skills.  My work addresses directly procedural learning. Disassociating or switching are akin to learning how to ride a bike, or to hold the ribs like “Daddy”.

From the perspective of my work with clients, neurologically speaking, both the touch and movement are working at the level of neural connections. Because touch brings the client directly to the experience of bonding and attachment, we go directly to some of those pre-verbal wiring in terms of safety and nurturance. There’s a lot of restoration and even first time feelings of safety in touch without agenda. In neuroscience, old neural wiring never goes away. You create new ones that you use more often, and then begin to replace the old connection. This is the foundation.

East-west Psychology/Spiritual Counseling

Spiritual Counseling/East-west Psychology

In addition, I bring over 20 years of experience practicing mindfulness and awareness. Not only do I address the physiological expression of the stress response, I help you create a new story beyond the adaptive strategy of collapse and anxiety. Mindfulness with the right movement at the right time are  used to transform the habitual organization of experience. My passion is augmented with a Master’s degree in East-west Psychology with a specialization in transpersonal and contemplative psychology.

arms1There are times in our lives that our personal sustaining myths no longer help us. In the gap between a container that holds and one that has a crack, it is often helpful to have a guide. This is the time a spiritual counselor can be most useful. End of life issues and spiritual emergence are my specialties.  I focus on the integration of spirit, mind, emotion and body in daily life. My work with trauma revolves around the client learning deep internal resourcing. New neurological grooves are created to add to old ways of knowing. I use a multi-modal approach specific to my intuitive assessment and ongoing exploration with the client. Healing is a collaborative endeavor and awareness is at the center.

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